Nov 12, 2020

Western Downs hat trick in public works awards

Western Downs hat trick in public works awards The Chinchilla Botanic Parkland won its category in the excellence awards for Projects $5 million to $10 million.

Western Downs Regional Council has claimed three awards and Toowoomba-based Ged Brennan has been named Engineer of the Year at the 2020 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards.

A total of 18 awards were presented at a ceremony in Brisbane this week as part of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) annual conference.

Western Downs Regional Council senior works manager Brianna Barnett won Young Engineer of the Year and program coordinator construction Lenny Wright was named Team Member of the Year.

The council’s Chinchilla Botanic Parkland won its category for Projects $5 million to $10 million.

This followed hot on the heels of its win as Australia’s Park of the Year, trumping every other state and territory in the country,  at the National Parks and Leisure Awards 2020 ceremony on October 30.

Engineer of the Year, GenEng Solutions managing director Ged Brennan (pictured above), has 30 years of experience in State and Local government and consulting firms. 

The Sunshine Coast Council won the Project of the Year award for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion – the largest civil infrastructure project it has undertaken.

It is the first time a Local Government Authority in Queensland has delivered a new international standard aviation facility, and also earned the council the excellence award for projects over $10 million.

Other winning projects included Stanthorpe Water Supply Story – Southern Downs Regional Council (Projects $2 million-$5 million), Emu Creek Hall Road Bridge – Toowoomba Regional Council (Projects $1 million-$2 million), Noosa Botanic Shade Garden Canopy (Projects under $1 million).

Dean Ostrofski from City of Gold Coast won the President’s Award and Tiffany Parker, also from the Gold Coast, was named Woman in Engineering.

Mareeba Shire Council took out the award for asset management, the Gold Coast won the coastal engineering category, RAPAD Water & Sewerage Alliance and Isaac Regional Council tied for environment and sustainability, and Southern Downs Regional Council won the road safety category.

Central Highlands Regional Council’s Emerald Airport Runway – Rehabilitation and Overlay Project won the innovation award and Logan Water won the Innovation and Sustainability in Water category.

The awards recognise public and private organisations and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works infrastructure and services across Queensland.